My Endless Hatred for Politico, Part 85,832

Gabriel Sherman has an article in the New Republic on my favorite little rag, Politico. As I previously suspected, Politico is animated exclusively by driving readership through frivolous political controversy. At least they can admit it.

The motto around the Politico newsroom is to “win the morning, win the afternoon”–by which editors mean that Politico‘s stories need to be the most talked-about and cited in that day’s news cycle. One measure of winning is getting stories linked on sites like Drudge Report and The Huffington Post, which leads to appearances on the cable shows. Politico employs three publicists who routinely send out links to bloggers and producers.

Legitimate journalistic outfits report news, they don’t create news, and they certainly don’t cater to the Drudge Report (at least the Huffington Post exists independtly of shills sources for GOP politicans and interest groups). Anyway, I’m not sure what sort of unscrupulousness it requires to try and please Matt Drudge while masquerading as a journalist, but it makes me feel better about working in PR. This is the purview of tabloids and forum trolls, which is precisely what is so frustrating about this vapid publication: unlike the exploits of a few retarded 20-somethings in Los Angeles, public policy actually has tangible, involuntary impact on people’s lives.  I suppose Wonkette had it right to describe Politico as a “vulgar asshole of a publication.”

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2 Responses to “My Endless Hatred for Politico, Part 85,832”

  1. truevcu Says:

    Ok I knew news cycles were battles, but I never thought I’d hear that kind of rhetoric coming out of a news outlet itself. This is the kind of thing you’d hear CJ Cregg going on about in passing on the West Wing.

  2. mike Says:

    some stations trumpet to their employees “it’s gotta bleed to lead.” politico is the government equivalent of that.

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